Despite the fact that I am semi-embarrassed to even post this super basic recipe, I’m doing it anyway. Because I’m obsessed. One of my favorite go-to “mom” lunches is toast, arugula, cottage cheese, and balsamic glaze. It’s easy, yummy, and nutritious. This Arugula, Balsamic, and Cottage Cheese Toast is a simple and filling snack you will love.
Ingredients for Cottage Cheese Toast
If you’re not sure if you’re a fan, please just give it a try! Cottage cheese is so high in protein and low in fat, making it a filling and healthy snack. If you don’t love the texture of cottage cheese, I’ve seen online that you can blend it to give it a more ricotta-like texture. Give that a go if you’re looking for a smoother and more creamy texture.
If you’re really resistant to the idea of cottage cheese, you could use ricotta or whipped cream cheese, if you like.
If you aren’t sure if you like arugula- trying it plain isn’t going to sell you on it. Arugula plain is bitte. But when combined with nearly any other thing (oil and vinegar, tomato and salt, Parmesan cheese, avocado cubes, for example) then the bitterness of the arugula goes away, and it becomes the best delivery method for any other food! It is my favorite green and I could eat it every single day.
You can use any kind of bread for this, but I would highly recommend using homemade bread (and slice it with this BREAD KNIFE). You can make this on some sort of crusty artisan bread to dress this dish up a little, or use plain old sliced bread too. This would be amazing with any type of sourdough. The sour flavor really compliments the creamy cottage cheese, sweet glaze, and peppery arugula. You can throw this bread in the toaster, or brush it with some olive oil or butter and crisp it up on the stove, too. Either will be great!
Here are my favorite breads to make:
Don’t use normal balsamic vinegar for this one; balsamic glaze is crucial! Balsamic glaze is thicker and sweeter than normal balsamic vinegar. You can find balsamic glaze at most grocery stores. Trader Joe’s has a great one. You can make your own balsamic glaze by simmering vinegar on the stove until it is thickened, but then your house will smell like vinegar for a while after. So if you’re in a pinch you can do that but I highly suggest picking up a bottle of glaze from the store.
Tips for Making Cottage Cheese Toast
- Make sure to toast the bread. If you don’t toast the bread, the cottage cheese will make it soggy.
- Eat this right as soon as you make it. It won’t store very well.
- Make a cute appetizer for a party by layering everything on small baguette slices or crostini. They’ll be adorable and delicious!
- Make sure to always have these things on hand! Once you try this you’ll be addicted just like I am 🙂
More quick and easy lunch ideas
Lunch is the absolute hardest meal of the day for me. I’m usually alone, so I don’t have a crowd to cook for. I always want to eat something yummy and filling that will help me keep my energy up, but I never want to cook anything. Here are a few of my go-to lunch ideas.
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